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Category: Horticulture

Pollinator Wanna-bees?

This is a guest post by Kelly Laplante, an undergraduate student and research assistant in the Dale Lab at the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department. With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, you may have… Read More

The Bumbling Lubber

This is a guest post by Mark Wilhelm, an undergraduate student and research assistant in the Dale Lab at the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department. Maybe you’ve seen a huge yellow or black grasshopper lumbering around… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Research update: Honey Bee Nutrition

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The UF/IFAS Honey Bee Lab has collaborated on research that has led to two publications related to honey bee nutrition in 2019. Below are summaries of the research and the links to their full publications. More publications from… Read More

Bug Word of the Day: Central-Place Forager

Central-place foragers are animals that return to the same nest in between foraging trips, collecting their food, or food for their offspring, in an area around that nest. Animals that are not central-place foragers instead roam continuously, foraging… Read More

Bug of the Day: Sweat Bee

If you are outside on a hot day working in the gardening, or taking a walk through a park, you might find a shiny bee resting on your sweaty skin. It is probably a sweat bee! Sweat bees… Read More

Bug Word of the Day: Proboscis

Elephants, mosquitoes, and butterflies share something in common – they have a proboscis! A proboscis is simply a long appendage coming out of an animal’s head, and is used to describe the nose or snout of a vertebrate,… Read More

Bug of the Day: Bella Moth

Not all moths are night creatures. In fact, one of the most colorful moths in Florida, the bella moth Utetheisa ornatrix, is active during the day when we can admire its beauty. The wings of the bella moth… Read More

Bug of the Day: Green Orchid Bee

The green orchid bee, Euglossa dilemma Friese, is a large, beautiful, metallic green bee named for its unique association with orchids and its distinctive color. While it can be found in the southern half of Florida, it is not native… Read More